Instagram bans ‘cosmetic surgery’ filters

In an attempt to prioritize users’ well-being, Instagram recently announced its decision to ban Plastic-Surgery-Effect face filters. Starting October 23, the filters which alter the appearance by showing you what you would look like with fuller lips and a sleeker nose will not be available on the platform anymore. This decision has come from the fact that the famous social media platform noticed that those types of filters can create a significant disconnect between the brain the body image. Doctors began noticing this impact, which has been named “Snapchat Dysmorphia”, in 2018 when more young patients started to ask for procedures that would make them look like the filtered versions of themselves. A recent psychological study shows evidence that girls and women who spend a lot of time on social media are more likely to consider undergoing a cosmetic procedure. But is banning those filters the key to the problem?

JLDN reporter Juliana Onetti asked Marianna Botti, a regular Instagram user, her opinion on this radical decision.